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Come and listen to IPEd’s Ruth Davies and Agata Mrva-Montoya at their respective, not-to-be-missed sessions at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 5 May 2022.


Grammar Nerds of the World Untie – 5:30 pm AEST, 5 May 2022

At Grammar Nerds of the World Untie, an eminent panel of grammar experts will celebrate the written word. They include IPEd chair Ruth Davies, writer and editor Jasmin McGaughey and language, communication and culture specialist and academic Roly Sussex. They will share style guide tips and the joys of being a grammarian, and together will help build up everyone’s grammar skills. Whether you’re a grammarian who wants to spend time with your own “tribe” or you want to learn more about grammar from the experts, this session is for you!


The panel 

Ruth has been a professional editor for more than 15 years and the Chair of IPEd since May 2020.

Jasmin is a Torres Strait Islander and African American writer and editor, was a black&write! editor intern in 2019 and a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter recipient. 

Roly is currently a Research Professor at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, and in the School of Languages and Cultures, at the University of Queensland. 



Grammar Nerds of the World Untie is a 60-minute in-person event that will be held at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane on 5:30 pm AEST, 5 May 2022.

Tickets are $25. You can book here.


Accessibility matters – 7:00 pm AEST, 5 May 2022

At Accessibility matters, lecturer and degree director Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya, author and disability advocate Greg Alchin, and accessibility expert Laura Brady discuss print accessibility. 

Print accessibility is a crucial issue for those whose sight and vision is impaired. Most books and printed materials are not accessible to those without sight. What can be done to change this situation for the many millions of people worldwide who cannot read so much of the writing that many of us take for granted? 

Hear from three experts on print accessibility and inclusive publishing practice – what writers, readers and publishers can do to end the “book famine” for these people. This session is chaired by Paul Harpur, a leading international and comparative disability rights legal academic.


The panel

Agata is a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, and works with the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative, the Accessibility Initiative Working Party of the Institute of Professional Editors, and the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities.

Greg Alchin is the Principal Accessibility Specialist for Service NSW and is an award-winning inclusioneer, keynote speaker, author and disability advocate with more than 30 years experience across education, community, commercial and government contexts. 

Laura is an accessibility expert who always puts users first. She brings more than 25 years of trade publishing experience to this role and serves on the eBound and Accessible Books Consortium’s board of directors.



Accessibility matters, a 60 minute in-person event, will be held at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 5 May 2022.

Tickets are $25. You can book here.                   


Brisbane Writers Festival

Although both these events will be in person only, the Brisbane Writers Festival features a full program of 200 online and on-the-ground events from 3 to 8 May. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

As Brisbane’s major literary event, the festival is full of engaging storytelling and celebrations of the written word. This year, the 60th annual festival will feature a superb line-up of legendary authors and familiar voices that will entertain and enlighten.                 

If you’re in Brisbane, don’t miss out on show-stopping special events such as Literary Death Match, Show Ponies, and the Mother’s Day High Tea. Across the city we have an exciting program including Brisbane as a Storied City, The Art of the Book, and a focus on Pasifika and Aotearoa New Zealand artists. For more information, go to the BWF website.